March 12, 2001
How Proposition 209 Impacts the Nation
The passage of Proposition 209 has unquestionably
affected public employment, contracting and university admission
practices in the state. On Tuesday, March 27, California State
University, Sacramento will host a panel discussion about
the initiative's regional and national impact on public policy.
The discussion will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the
CSUS University Union Ballroom and will include representatives
from the CSU Chancellor's Office, UC Davis and the Pacific
Prop. 209, passed in 1996, bans preferential treatment based
on race or gender in public sector education, employment and
contracting. The initiative went into effect in August 1997,
when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the proposition's
constitutionality and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review
the lower court's decision.
In November 2000, the California State Supreme Court further
affirmed Prop. 209's legality in a case pitting a local contracting
firm against the City of San Jose. The case challenged San
Jose's requirement that general contractors grant preferential
treatment to minority- and women-owned subcontractors when
bidding on city contracts more than $50,000.
In the case, Power Providers, a Rancho Cordova-based general
contracting firm, was denied a contract to supply a circuit
switcher for the city's sewage treatment plant.
The Pacific Legal Foundation sued the City of San Jose because
it had rejected Power Providers' $198,760 bid in favor of
a $202,314 bid by another firm.
Two lower courts agreed that the San Jose ordinance violated
Prop. 209 and the state's highest court agreed unanimously.
The discussion, "Proposition 209: Four Years Later"
is part of the University's Year of Unity - a campus-wide
commitment to promote an environment of tolerance, understanding
and appreciation of the Capital Region's richly diverse society.
Representatives will talk about changes in university admissions
and outreach policies, the role of standardized tests in admissions,
public contracting requirements and workforce diversity issues.
The discussion is a free event and open to the public. For
more information or media assistance contact the CSUS office
of pubic affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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